Friday, March 29, 2024

Good Friday and Easter

More and more, people just see Good Friday and Easter as holidays and a time to eat lots of chocolate.

But Easter is so much more. Christians around the world spend time reflecting on the very great cost of the death of Jesus Christ. They also celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day.

Without the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, people are still trying to reach God. The story of Jesus Christ is God coming down to mankind. 

The public holidays provide the opportunity for you to find out more and make your own decision:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:16-21 (NIV)

I encourage you to do your own research, seek answers, find the Truth.

Friday, March 22, 2024

What is the value of your local community?

 What is the value of your local community?

An article on Scope tells us, "Communities play a pivotal role in promoting participation by serving as the foundation upon which social and civic engagement can flourish. They act as incubators for shared interests and values, providing a platform for individuals to come together, collaborate, and collectively address local issues." (reference Scope - The Importance of Social and Community Participation)

When you involve yourself in the fabric of your local community, you gain many benefits such as:

  • friends!
  • like-minded people who care about the same things that you do,
  • teamwork,
  • learning new skills and sharing your skills,
  • mentoring others, 
  • engaging in meaningful conversations 
  • and achieving goals together.

Many other benefits come about because people in the community work together such as buildings, gardens, sporting events, festivals, raising funds to help those in need within the community, and building positive environments so those living in your local area have the opportunity to heal, to find a place where they belong.

How does your local community foster inclusion and opportunity for people to come together in like-minded activities?

Something as simple as a garden club where a group meets and visits each other's gardens, shares plants, and helps each other design new garden beds.

Maybe a group of men have decided to establish a "Mens shed" in the local town to promote  "bringing men together enabling them to lead a positive lifestyle while strengthening communities." (reference:

Other groups may be an amateur theatre company allowing people to present their on-stage flair or a festival committee that organises an annual community celebration.

Perhaps local markets that promote local produce and niche home-based businesses or a group of like-minded business people who get together to share ideas and encourage one another to build sustainable businesses in the local region.

Your local area may even have a group of like-minded individuals who work together to advocate on the community's behalf to the local council for improvements in your town.

How can you be positively involved and be part of the social fabric of your community?

Friday, March 15, 2024

Local Events in your community and region

Are you aware of the local events taking place in your community and region? Every week, communities across Australia plan, and host events to promote their towns, activities, festivals, and regular celebrations.

So how can you:

  • find out about upcoming events
  • participate in events
  • promote events.
Finding out about events in your local community and region isn't all that difficult.  Simply begin by visiting your local information centre, googling, going to the local Facebook noticeboard for your town, or looking up your regional council events calendar.

There are always events and opportunities to connect with your community taking place.

For example:  Here in Yungaburra we have a monthly "Sunday afternoon in the park" event where local performers can showcase their bands and talent to our local community. (Reference:

My local community is always hosting events to encourage connection.  We have monthly markets, an annual book fair, monthly N-F-P group meetings for various interests, and groups that work together to promote our local environment, classic vehicles, sports, and the wider region.

Participating in events?  A suggestion is to simply attend some of the promoted events and take a look.  There's an opportunity to meet people and make connections.  You may find like-minded people and a group where you fit. 

Promoting events - what skills and talents do you have that could assist groups and n-f-p organisations to promote their events?  Can you use social media well or have the ability to write promos, take photos, or event planning?  Getting involved may mean some of your time, but your involvement helps to create a more positive community and a means of connection.

What do you know about your community?  How can you use your skills to enrich the area in which you live?  

Friday, March 8, 2024

Event Planning (don’t be afraid to ask for help)

 To successfully ensure your event runs smoothly, you will need help. Even a small-scale event runs better if you have help.

If you are planning a small afternoon tea for an executive group, it might be as simple as booking a table at a café and advising the date and time, plus any dietary needs, as well as advising tea/coffee preferences and who will be paying the invoice and how.

Larger events can run more smoothly if you enlist the help of others, whether paid staff or volunteers.

Some help you may need:

A person assigned to the registration table to ensure delegates/attendees are registered and given any items for the events (program/sponsorship promos),

Someone to collect speakers/presenters from the airport/train station, etc,

Someone to help you oversee the final preparations of accommodation, catering, and staging (decorating).

Someone to help you ensure permits/insurance and advertising are met.

Tip: Communication is key!  Ensure you provide regular communications to registered attendees, staff (and volunteers), sponsors, and your managers.

Ensure you keep invoices, receipts, and financial paperwork and continue to update the budget to reflect what is taking place.

Have your paperwork ready and together so that all agreements, insurance, permits, risk management and incident reports, etc. are easily found, should you need them.

Tip: write up a post-event report and note what was successful and what could have been better.  If asking attendees for comments, take note of both positive and negative comments for future planning.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Event Planning (so you have an idea)

So, you have an idea!  That’s great.  How do you execute this idea from simply that, an idea to an actual event?

When tasked with ensuring a successfully planned event, what are the first steps that you need to undertake?

Timeline and initial planning -

What is the event for and who do you want to invite/expect? Will the event be open to the public, is registration required and is there a cost?

What do you expect to achieve from this event,

Budget and reporting - cost of event and costs to plan and execute event? How will you fund this event?

Venue for the event (Risk Management and insurance, technical equipment required, staging of the event, security, permits (e.g. RSA),

Date/s and time/s of event,

Presenters and speakers – what is their availability and what needs do they have regarding accommodation, catering, transportation and health.

Staffing requirements: will you have paid staff or volunteers, or a mixture?  What crews are needed for planning, set-up, working through the event, and then pulling down/tidying up.

Advertising (Print/social media/website) and invitations – printed/online/ticket sales/registration),

Required travel and accommodation – is access easy to transport people or park vehicles, will people need to fly or drive, can they use public transport?

Catering for the event (food and beverages).

Whilst there is much to be considered and undertaken, with some forethought and proficient follow-up and planning, a successful outcome can be obtained.

Firstly, set up a timeline leading up to the event itself.  When is the event to be held – and what do you need to ensure that this will be a successful event?

As you will require funds to ensure a successful event, begin researching on costs of venue, catering, insurance, travel, advertising, staffing, registration, staging the event (how it is presented), technical equipment, cost of presenters/speakers, time needed for ensuring each person involved knows what their role is and how to undertake that role, etc.

Tip:  Have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B”